Saturday, April 7, 2012

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

If Manmohan Desai and Manoj Kumar were given Rs. 1000 crores to make a film today, the result would probably resemble Wrath of the Titans. It is an unabashed masala movie from start to finish and if you embrace that fact, you will have a jolly good time. It's plot boils down to a bunch of cardboard characters with some serious daddy issues out to screw each other over (with the fate of the world hanging in the balance). Seriously, the depth of their issues could be worthy of several Freudian analyses.

At the same time, I haven't seen such shameless display of machismo since 300. Testosterone seems to be  pouring out of every orifice of the film. But while 300 had at least a fixed villain, by the end of Wrath, you have all the heroes and villains (post spontaneous change of hearts) on the same side battling against a CGI monster and it took some effort for me to suppress the urge to shout, "Group hug!" For some of you, that may be a spoiler. It hardly matters, really. If it is the plot you are concerned about, you've entered the wrong cinema hall.

Having said that, the film is a substantial improvement over the first in every department, though that is not saying much. The 3D quality is great. The special effects are genuinely breathtaking in places, both in terms of imagination and attention to detail. The production is slicker; the pacing tighter. Bill Nighy provides some great comic relief. Rosamund Pike looks gorgeous. The acting sucks uniformly. But who cares right? When so much is happening on the screen, things like actors and plot become merely an excuse to stitch all the action scenes together and market as a film. Someday, computers will be able to direct a film like Wrath on auto pilot and those things will become redundant altogether. You just wait and watch.

Ultimately, Wrath is as spectacular as it is silly. But as far as visuals go, it is definitely a feast for the eyes. As long as don't waste your time with pointless things (like a plot), you may just have an enjoyable time.

Rating: 2.5/5

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